Watch a Giant Game of Tetris Played On the Side of a 29-Story Building

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
April 6 2014 2:00 PM

Watch a Giant Game of Tetris Played On the Side of a 29-Story Building

Hundreds of Tetris fans gathered on Saturday night to play the world’s largest game of Tetris on the facade of a 29-story office building in downtown Philadelphia. The Cira Center has hundreds of LED lights that regularly display colorful patterns at night. But on Saturday the building was turned into a giant monitor and people used joysticks to move around the traditional Tetris shapes and compete against each other, reports the Associated Press.

This isn’t the first time the Cira Center was used for gaming. Last year, the same people that put on the Tetris display had set a Guinness World Record for “Largest Architectural Video Game Display” when they played a game of Pong on the same building. But they expect to break that record this year. “It’s twice as big,” Frank Lee, the director of the Entrepreneurial Game Studio that turned the Cira Center into a giant gaming monitor, tells the New York Times. On Saturday night Lee told the crowd of Tetris fans that what had started as a personal project had now become a community event. "This project began as a personal love letter to the games that I loved when I was a child—Pong last year, Tetris this year,” Lee said. “But it ended up as a way of uniting the city of Philadelphia.”  

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.



More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

What Charles Barkley Gets Wrong About Corporal Punishment and Black Culture

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

If You’re Outraged by the NFL, Follow This Satirical Blowhard on Twitter

The Best Way to Organize Your Fridge


The GOP’s Focus on Fake Problems

Why candidates like Scott Walker are building campaigns on drug tests for the poor and voter ID laws.

Sports Nut

Giving Up on Goodell

How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.

Is It Worth Paying Full Price for the iPhone 6 to Keep Your Unlimited Data Plan? We Crunch the Numbers.

Farewell! Emily Bazelon on What She Will Miss About Slate.

  News & Politics
Sept. 16 2014 7:03 PM Kansas Secretary of State Loses Battle to Protect Senator From Tough Race
Business Insider
Sept. 16 2014 1:23 PM Germany Has Asked Google to Reveal Its Search Algorithm, but That's Not Going to Happen
The Eye
Sept. 16 2014 12:20 PM These Outdoor Cat Shelters Have More Style Than the Average Home
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Sept. 15 2014 11:38 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 4  A spoiler-filled discussion of "Listen."
Brow Beat
Sept. 16 2014 8:43 PM This 17-Minute Tribute to David Fincher Is the Perfect Preparation for Gone Girl
Future Tense
Sept. 16 2014 6:40 PM This iPhone 6 Feature Will Change Weather Forecasting
  Health & Science
Sept. 16 2014 4:09 PM It’s All Connected What links creativity, conspiracy theories, and delusions? A phenomenon called apophenia.
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 8:41 PM You’re Cut, Adrian Peterson Why fantasy football owners should release the Minnesota Vikings star.